By Gregg Kirk
Kriya Yoga is an ancient technique that was hidden in secrecy for many centuries. It was revived in 1861, when the great yogi Mahavatar Babaji taught the technique to his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya during their meeting in the Himalayas.
Kriya has been taught in an unbroken link of spiritual succession to this day. Paramhansa Yogananda brought the practice to the United States in 1920 and personally authorized his disciple, Swami Kriyananda to initiate qualified people into Kriya.
These five Kriya Yoga positions were taught to me by my friend Justin Ram Das who works at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. He suggested they be used to start a daily, personal practice. By doing these every day at a set time, you can help retain and contain any energy that has leaked from your energy field throughout the day, week, month, etc. It will keep you limber, more relaxed, more focused and will open up and expand your aura.
I’ve found that people with Lyme disease tend to have profound energy leakages and these techniques can help counteract that problem.
Ego Eradicator: Start in the Easy Pose (legs crossed, spine straight) and raise your arms 60 degrees outstretched. Curl your fingertips into your palms so that they rest on the balls of your palms. Extend your thumbs and point them upwards. Breath in and out through the nose rapidly in the powerful Fire Breath mode. Hold this pose while doing Fire Breath starting for 1 minute. Increase to 3 minutes if you can.
Cat Cow Pose: Start on your hands and knees with your wrists directly under your shoulders, and your knees directly under your hips. Place your shins and knees hip-width apart. Center your head in a neutral position and soften your gaze downward. Begin by moving into Cow Pose: Inhale as you drop your belly towards the floor. Lift your chin and chest, and gaze up toward the ceiling. Broaden across your shoulder blades and draw your shoulders away from your ears. Next, move into Cat Pose: As you exhale, draw your belly to your spine and round your back toward the ceiling. The pose should look like a cat arching its back. Release the crown of your head toward the floor, and push your chin to your chest. Inhale, coming back into Cow Pose, and then exhale as you return to Cat Pose. Do this for 1 minute to start and increase to 3 minutes as you progress.
Sat Naam Pose: The ancient words “Sat Naam” (pronounced SOOT nom) almost literally means “true identity” in the Gurmukhi language. As a chant, it connects you to your Higher Self and helps you vibrate more highly with the Divine.
Sit with your haunches on top of your heels and stretch your arms vertically over your head. Lace your fingers with index fingers pointed upwards. For women, the left thumb should be placed over the right thumb. This is reversed for men. The right thumb should be placed over the left thumb. This is important.
As you say the SAT syllable, pull energy from the heavens directly down your hands and arms into your core and resting in your pelvic floor. When you say the NAAM syllable, flex your kegel muscle to anchor the energy. Do this for 1 minute to start and then increase to 3 minutes as you progress.
Arm Raises: Sit in the Easy Pose (legs crossed, spine straight) and extend left hand forward as if shaking hands. Bring the right hand underneath the left and grasp the back of the left hand with the right. Lock the hands together. Raise arms 60 degrees, and inhale. Move arms slightly below the navel and exhale. An alternative pose is to clasp your hands together to make a large fist and lace your left thumb over your right (for females) or your right over your left (for males). Do this for 1 minute to start and then increase to 3 minutes as you progress. Close your eyes and try to visualize the building and clearing of your aura.
Aura Ripples: Extend both arms forward, parallel to the ground with palms facing each other about 6 inches apart. As you inhale, open the arms, stretching them back and toward each other. They drop slightly as they open. Exhale and bring them forward to the original position quickly. Use a deep rhythmic breath and visualize your arms pulling energy into your aura from all time and space. Do this for 1 minute to start and then increase to 3 minutes as you progress.